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Fatty Acids in Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and ADHD Can Nutrition Help?

Date: 2002

Research indicates that deficiencies or imbalances in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can play a role in a wide range of conditions involving behaviour, learning and mood.

This article by Dr Alex Richardson of FAB Research provides an introductory overview of the potential role of fatty acids in the common developmental conditions of dyslexia, dyspraxia and attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), although similar issues are also relevant to autistic spectrum disorders.

The content should be suitable for most general readers, as well as education and health professionals with an interest. Some references are provided, although more information can also be found elsewhere on this website.

Topics covered in this 10-page handout include:

  • Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and ADHD – Clinical features
  • Essential lipids and brain function
  • Fatty acid deficiency in ADHD, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Is fatty acid deficiency more likely in ADHD, dyslexia or dyspraxia?
    • How can we best identify people who can be helped by fatty acid supplements?
    • What kind of supplements will work best?
    • Are there any negative side-effects from fatty acid supplements?
    • What dosage is appropriate?
  • Conclusions
  • Further reading
  • References